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January 18, 2009 / Bo Mackison

It’s Winter in Iowa

Out Standing in a Field

Out Standing in a Field

When I was a kid, my sense of humor ran to the obvious. I thought it hysterical to show one of my (three) grandmothers a sheet of white paper, and ask them what they thought of my drawing. They, of course knowing the drill, as I did this once a winter, would kindly ask “What is it?”

I, in glee, would reply “White cows in a blizzard.”

So, here’s an adaptation of the same – but this time you can see the cows (cattle, really) in their dark coats. The rest of the photo is playing true to the original version.


  1. Marcie / Jan 19 2009 3:32 am

    This is stunning! Love how the white sky meets the white snow. Very peaceful and idyllic.

  2. burstmode / Jan 19 2009 8:16 am

    It looks cold…fascinating, though. I keep staring at it.

  3. Preston Surface / Jan 19 2009 8:41 am

    I always heard it as a white rabbit in a snow storm, but then again it would be hard to capture a lot of black rabbits in the same storm. Hehe, just funnin’ with you.

    In this case the white sky really worked with you.

    I always wonder about the cattle in all the weather. Don’t they get cold?

  4. Bo / Jan 19 2009 8:43 am

    Preston, they do get too cold at times. Last week, a lot of the farmers had to rig up some sort of shelter for the animals who typically stay outside.

  5. ybonesy / Jan 19 2009 10:35 am

    Oh, I love this shot. I love cows. I guess it’s the ranching blood in me. And to see them in the snow, with the sky as white as the ground, well, it’s very evocative, of a time and place. Really great.

  6. ybonesy / Jan 19 2009 10:36 am

    p.s., loved your white sheet of paper joke, too. Hadn’t heard that one. (Maybe it’s a Midwestern joke??)

  7. Richard Lovison / Jan 19 2009 11:30 am

    Nice shot Bo.

    As a child I was taught a slightly different version of the joke. I would present the white sheet of paper as a cow eating grass. When asked where the grass was I would reply “the cow ate it all.” When asked where the cow was I would reply “why would the cow hang around if the grass was all gone.” Silly stuff. 🙂

    Hey, I just bought an E-3 camera body package with vertical grip from Cameta. I guess I’m up there with the big boys now. 🙂

  8. Bo / Jan 19 2009 11:40 am

    Rick – I think I like your joke version better than mine. Hey, great news on the E-3. I love mine, and am still trying to get a handle on the stuff it can do. Hopefully I will be learning new stuff about this camera and photography ’til the day I die! 🙂

  9. Richard Lovison / Jan 19 2009 11:57 am

    Bo wrote:

    “Hopefully I will be learning new stuff about this camera and photography ’til the day I die!”

    Or at least until the 16 or 20 megapixel E-4 – E-5 comes out. 🙂

    I’m looking forward to shooting with it. I think I’m going to miss the mode dial though… it’s nice not having to go into the main menu to choose manual, aperture priority or shutter priority modes.

  10. Gandalf / Jan 19 2009 2:06 pm

    great shot. My version of the white cow in a snow storm was “Polar bears in a snow storm.” we didn’t have too many polar bears on the loose in Chicago (my home town). I guess if I had been really creative I would have said “White Sox” in a snow storm. 🙂

  11. Robin / Jan 19 2009 3:05 pm

    Very nice shot, Bo. I enjoyed the story to go with it, too.

    I don’t know if the cows are cold, but they sure look it. I was watching the neighbor’s horses out in the snow today. At first they were running around, all frisky. Now they’re just standing in the snow, looking cold.

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